The Miracle of Mindfulness

While washing the dishes, you might be thinking about the tea afterwards, and so try to get them out of the way as quickly as possible in order to sit and drink tea. But that means that you are incapable of living during the time you are washing the dishes. When you are washing the dishes, washing the dishes must be the most important thing in your life. Just as when you’re drinking tea, drinking tea must be the most important thing in your life. When you’re using the toilet, let that be the most important thing in your life.
– Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness

Washing the dishes?? Almost too radical for me. But not quite. Because I’m learning the hard way right now that if I don’t slow down and live life, then my body will force me to slow down at the most inconvenient time.

Sometimes I feel like I constantly need an adrenaline rush in order to feel alive. But taking the perspective that living means being conscious will lead to a much more fulfilling life.

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  1. Sometimes it’s simply a distraction, but sometimes I find that listening to music can help with this. It makes mundane things more joyful, so that I’m truly present and not just rushing when cooking or washing dishes or doing lab work.

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